There is a hold up in a new Barcelona contract for midfielder Andres Iniesta.
The Spanish star is one of the icons of the current Barcelona team and a player who embodies the ideology of the perfect way to play football as a midfielder.
Iniesta’s contract has been the subject of news in Spain for several weeks with his current deal set to expire in 2015 and Barcelona working away furiously behind the scenes to get a renewal sorted out.
However, a report in Marca this morning may offer some of the sides previously interested in him a little hope.
Manchester United have been strongly linked with a cheeky bid for the playmaker, who is thought to want a bigger offer than Barcelona are prepared to give him at the Nou Camp.
“Andrés Iniesta's contract talks look set to rumble on and on. Barcelona is now in no rush to secure the midfielder to a new deal, following months of unfruitful negotiations. Financial terms appear to be the stumbling block, with Iniesta apparently unhappy with the €12 million package on the table,” reads the Marca report.
Barcelona’s position is understandable considering Iniesta is 29-years-old and the extension he signs with the club could well be the last deal of his career if he doesn’t move onto another team.
Iniesta seems to want a similar pay deal to attacking star Lionel Messi, who is considerably younger and arguably more effective in terms of the goals he scores for the Spanish champions.
It’s obvious why Barcelona don’t want to pay a staggering amount of cash to a player who is only going to take part in fewer and fewer games as he gets older but Iniesta holds the power because he’s that important to the current team.
Manchester United and any other interested party will be monitoring this situation closely because if there is even the slightest sign that he could be drawn away from the Nou Camp in the near future, he’s definitely worth fighting for.
However, his allegiance and importance to Barcelona makes an exit unlikely with the resolution likely to come later in the season when Barcelona give in to his demands.
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